Monday Brain Exchange Week 26- Keeping It Fun In Extreme Weather

Last Week’s Players: Steve, Kandi, Kim, Kera  (if I missed you, let me know and I’ll get you linked in)

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic: Extreme Weather & Keeping it Fun

This Weeks Question: Do you deal with any types of extreme weather where you live?  Heat warnings, a lot of snow, frequent tornados?  How do you keep your workouts fresh and fun when you are stuck indoors?

We experience all 4 seasons here in NJ, but there are years you wouldn’t know that since it can go from extreme heat to extreme cold.  And of course, the best times to run are Spring and Fall but they come and go too quick!

The only times I do not run outside are in the winter when it is snow/ice or below 30 degrees and in the summer when the heat index is too high.  I hate training inside, so it takes a lot to keep me from heading out.  The one nice thing (and it is the only one I can think of) about winter training, is that I can sleep in late on weekends and do my runs when it warms up a little.  In the summer, I always try to beat the heat by getting up super early.

In my opinion, there is no way to make the treadmill fun…I just have to push through.  As for the bike, I hope on the trainer and do so during basketball games or put a movie in to make the time go faster.  If you have a way to make the treadmill fun, please share!

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Next Weeks Topic: Racing & Vacations

Next Weeks Question: Do you make vacations out of your races when they are far from home?

Monday Brain Exchange Week 24- Back And Running 2011 :)

It’s back 🙂

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

Next Weeks Topic: 2011 Racing

Next Weeks Question: What race are you most excited for in 2011?  Any destination races?  Are you trying out a new distance.  Tell us what it is in general you are looking forward to when it comes to 2011 racing.

Hands Down Winner…

I think everyone would agree, that all my MBE* did a great job with their poems (if you haven’t read them, I encourage you to do so) but there can only be one winner and that award goes to the talented new artist Lindsay Pie-Dizzle.  Check out her 2010 re-cap featuring some amazing bloggers 🙂

And if you are wondering…she already has an agent. Me. And her agent is attending the Grammys with her.  So everyone back off.

 

The prize will be mailed out post-holiday season 🙂

Monday Brain Exchange- Wrap Up

Last weeks participants….it was a great week! Anne, Kandi, Kittzy, Heather, Whitney, Kim and Darlene

This Weeks Topic: 2010 Wrap Up (+ Give-A-Way)

This Weeks Question: Write a poem (any kind works) that sums up your 2010 year of racing.  The most creative poem will be rewarded.  (Poem must appear in a MBE post on your own page by Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to be eligible.)

I am not participating in this week (however, I will be posting my wrap up in a separate post) since I am holding it as a give-a-way as well.  Don’t forget, if you are participating this week you have until tomorrow to post.  I will be voting then; if I get enough participants, I will be holding a poll to help me vote a winner 🙂  The give-a-way will be reader specific so until I have a winner, I don’t know the prize.

 


Next Monday, I will post a question for Week 23. 

THERE WILL BE NO MBE THIS WEEK DUE TO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

(Belated) Monday Brain Exchange Week 22- 2010 Bests & Worsts

Apologies for the late post- I am home sick day 2 (I cannot even remember the last time I stayed home sick more than one day) and I am so behind on my reader (over 200 posts!!!).  The good news is, I woke up feeling a bit better after 13 hours of sleep 🙂

Links from last week: Darlene and Kandi (Slow week??)

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week. This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish. If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog. Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic:  2010 Bests and Worsts

This Weeks Question: Tell readers about your 2010 Best and Worst races. What made them so great or not so great?

Best Race: NJ State Sprint Tri- I was calm, cool and collected going into the race and it was everything I could have asked for.  I had a major PR, felt great and it was the start of a lot of great summer races!

Worst Race: Black Bear Relay- I was the swimmer.  It was freezing water, raining, and I had a disaster swim.

For more details, you can read the full reports, here and here.

 

I will elaborate more on all my races in my upcoming Year In Review Post. 🙂

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Next Weeks Topic: 2010 Wrap Up (+ Give-A-Way)

Next Weeks Question: Write a poem (any kind works) that sums up your 2010 year of racing.  The most creative poem will be rewarded.  (Poem must appear in a MBE post on your own page by Tuesday, December 21, 2010 to be eligible.)

Monday Brain Exchange Week 21- Alternative Activities

Links from last week: Darlene, Kittzy, Whitney, Kim, Kandi

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic:  Alternative Activities

This Weeks Question:  What activities do you enjoy outside of swim/bike/running?  Are you a winter sports person or summer sports person?  Do you enjoy team or individual sports?  Do you participate in more alternative activities during the off-season?

I am definitely more of a summer sports person, mostly because I really don’t like winter.  The only thing good about winter, is skiing.  I do love to ski.  I actually haven’t been on the slopes in a while, but I am going to be getting back out there this winter and I am very excited.  I think the mountains are so much fun- snow tubing, skiing and sleding are all great activites. 

I like to take part in both individual and team sports- I really wish there was a women’s softball team around me that I could join; I grew up playing and for four years coached the team at my work but I haven’t done much with it in over a year and I miss it so much.  Whenever I am presented with the opportunity to play most any sport, I take it.  I really just like to be active. 

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Next Weeks Topic:  2010 Bests and Worsts

Next Weeks Question: Tell readers about your 2010 Best and Worst races.  What made them so great or not so great?

Monday Brain Exchange Week 20- Stay Fit Through Holidays

Links from week 18- Kandi, KitzzyKim and Whitney

Links from week 19- Darlene, Kitzzy and Kandi

*If you are playing, and I am not linking you, please let me know!

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Topic: Staying fit and healthy during the holidays

This Weeks Question: How do you manage diet and exercise during the holidays?

It’s no secret that November and December are tough months; it is hard to get outside and workout (at least for us NorthEast folk!) and even harder to resist all the amazing food.  And everyone knows that the only way to truly stay fit is to eat less and workout more.  so how do I get around the holidays?  Truth?  I don’t stress out about it!

Look, I am not suggesting anyone go ape-shit crazy over holiday foods.  A month of eating nothing but crap will hurt in more ways that just around the waist.  So don’t go stuffing your face and blaming onelittletrigirl.  However…it is also best not to come to me for advice on how to keep away from holiday treats because my advice is, and always will be, don’t deprive yourself!  This is a time of celebration and food/drink is a part of that celebrating.  No reason for you to sit in a corner eating carrot sticks.

Here are a few of my tips for enjoying the holidays without going overboard:

  1. Moderation is KEY!  I like to have a little of everything I want to try, rather than too much of one or two things.  This way, I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything and I feel satisfied.  Additionally, I try to eat the healthy foods first, so that by the time I get to the goodies, my stomach is already somewhat full.
  2. Be a social butterfly.  The more you move around a room and spend time with others, the less time you will spend at the food table.  I find that if I am in a coversation with someone, I am less likely to be shoving my face with food.
  3. Eat before you eat.  You’re thinking: Say what huh???  But really…it works; before attending any event where I know there will be a lot of food out, I eat something small at home.  This way, I am not tempted to eat everything in sight.  Do not attempt to “save calories” by not eating all day…all this will do is result in you eating twice as much as your normally would eat.
  4. Choose alcohol wisely.  A mixed drink is great if you plan to have only one…but more than one and you have just tacked on 300+ calories to your night!  For the record, an ounce of sour mix is 27 calories- AN OUNCE!  I recommend wine or a light beer if you plan on throwing a few back.  Not into wines and beers?  Try a spritzer or  use a low-calories mixer with your drink.  For example, I use a low calorie cranberry juice for my cosmo’s making them very fit-friendly 🙂 
  5. Forgive yourself 🙂  Did you eat more than you planned?  Feeling guilty?  Don’t!  Acknowledge that it happened, figure out where you went wrong and work out a plan for the next time. 

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Next Weeks Topic:  Alternative Activities

Next Weeks Question:  What activities do you enjoy outside of swim/bike/running?  Are you a winter sports person or summer sports person?  Do you enjoy team or individual sports?  Do you participate in more alternative activities during the off-season?

Monday Brain Exchange Week 19- Giving Thanks (In Photos)

(very sorry: did not get the links up in time!)

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Question: In the spirit of Thanksgiving…tell me what you are most thankful for; one thing, five things, or many things.  But here’s the fun part…tell me, in photos!

Parents

I hit the jackpot in the parent department!

Family

 We put the FUN in dysfunctional 🙂 

Best Friends

 Cannot imagine life without these girls

 These girls

Cousins that are more like sisters

Spending summers downtheshore

Home away from home

Teammates

 Support crew 🙂 

Coffee

How else would I function?

 My adventurous spirit

 Amazing!!!!! 

Having friends home safe from war

Thank you soldiers!

Being Alive

Cause really…isn’t it just a great thing to be here!

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Next Weeks Topic: Staying fit and healthy during the holidays

Next Weeks Question: How do you manage diet and exercise during the holidays?

Monday Brain Exchange Week 18- Unconventional Races

Last week’s M.B.E players: Kandi, Darlene, Whitney, Kim, Kitzzy

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Question:

Have you ever partcipated in any unconventional races?  If so, tell us about them.  If not, is it something you would consider and if so which one(s)?

The unconventional I have raced are the mud races.  I have done two; McGuire Air Force Mud Run and Warrior Dash. 

McGuire Air Force Run was a 10K with ten obstacles.  It was a very cold and rainy day- VERY COLD!  I did this as part of a group team and we really did have a blast despite the cold and the fact that the obstacles left a lot to be desired and there was too much running in between obstacles.  Unfortunately, for this race, the negatives outweight the positives and it is not one I would do again.

Recently, I took part in the Warrior Dash- and in comparison to the Air Force Run, this was awesome!  It had it’s pro’s and con’s (you can read my race report and see photos here) but overall this race was a blast. 

In 2011, my teammates and I are planning to run the American Odyssey Relay and I am super stoked.  Other than that, I have nothing planned that would be considered unconventional, but I am always up for a fun challenge. 

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Next Weeks Topic: Giving Thanks

Next Weeks Question: In the spirit of Thanksgiving…tell me what you are most thankful for; one thing, five things, or many things.  But here’s the fun part…tell me, in photos!

Brain Exchange Week 17- Race Places

Last Weeks Players:  Kandi, Darlene, Kim, WhitneyKitzzy (and lots of responses on the post too- thanks!)

Every Monday, at the end of the current weeks M.B.E answer, I will post a question for the following week.  This way you can cue your post for Monday if you wish.  If Monday doesn’t work for you, you can still play along any day of the week that works best. If you want to play along, all you have to do is post the question and your answer on your own blog.  Link your post to my blog so that I know you have participated, and in the following weeks post, I will link all the participant blogs from the prior week.

This Weeks Question: Where was the best place you have ever raced and why?  Where is your dream place to race?

I have been lucky enough to participate in quite a few races in great places.  But without a doubt, so far, the best place I ever raced was in Florida this past February.  I ran with Morgan in the Donna Half-Marathon–the National Race to fight breast cancer.  We wore TuTu’s, made friends along the way, sang songs ans took lots of photos.  We had a blast!

You can read about and see more pictures from the race here.

As for dream races…I have so many.  And most of them are within the United States.  First up- Timberman.  And as luck would have it, I will be racing the Sprint  next year so this wish will be granted.  I will also be fulfilling my wish to race on the West Coast next year…just not sure which race yet (calling all San Fransisco kids…give me some good ideas for March 🙂 ) and of course, I would love to do a race in Europe.  I also want to do CruisetoRun, and have for over a year now, but I just don’t know if logically, I can ever make that happen.  Only time will tell!

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Next Weeks Topic: Unconventional Races

Next Weeks Question: Have you ever partcipated in any unconventional races?  If so, tell us about them.  If not, is it something you would consider and if so which one(s)?